What a pleasure the Lyrically Styled Minoru jacket was to complete. This is my second Sewaholic pattern and it did not disappoint. I purchased a pdf because I could not stand to wait for a tissue pattern to post from Vancouver, Canada. Though copy paper is stronger I confess to liking tissue paper pattern with the coloured envelope and neatly typographed instructions.
This wearable muslin is straight up with no chaser, made from the pdf sheets with no additional drafting. Sewaholic’s patterns are drafted with the pear shape in mind and until last month her sizes only went up to a US, size 16. My shape is simply large–versus any fruits I have seen. In ready to wear I am a size 18 and when it comes to the big 4 I sew sizes 22-24 (oy vey). The sizing measurements for this pattern indicated a size 16 as fitting me and even then with a heapa buncha ease. Hesitantly I dove in and cut the size 16. I tissue (or rather copy paper) fitted the sleeve before cutting it out and it fit perfectly. Truth be told I forgot the myriad of comments I had read about the jacket having long, “gorilla” arms! I had every intention of re-drafting them when I made mine. Thankfully, I am pleased with the sleeves.
I can think of nothing to dislike about this pattern. I will definitely be making more; at least two more (a pink one for my friend, Brittaney, and a solid navy blue one for myself) both from my stash. It would be nice if someone saw mine and commissioned me to make one for them. Well, at least the hubby says mine looks good enough to sell them (bless his heart). Why I even have the blog post name created for the next ones, “Minoru Jacket Mania”.
Points of difficulty were truly my own. For instance, the pattern states to mark the waist elastic placement lines on the “outside” of the fabric versus the lining fabric. Did I? Noooooo! So, I wound up hand basting the placement lines in red so I could see where to sew the casing for the elastic. Also, I did something wonky with the zipper for I was to leave 4″ unsewn at the bottom of the placket. I did. However, I did not like where the hem was going to hit on me so, I sewed on down into that 4″ allowance and thus made the hem smaller than the specified 2.5″. Being a bit leary about trusting the envelope measurements I made the placket seams smaller than the specified 5/8″ too. I wanted to make sure the girls were covered.
What Will I Do Differently On The Next Minoru Project?
- Full Bust Adjustment
- Lengthen the jacket 2″
- Used double tabbed separating zipper
- Add either in-seam pockets; or, large patch pockets [inside] on the lining
- Possibly eliminate the hood lining; we’ll see about this 🙂
As an added bonus for myself I made this . . . .
It is time for me to get back into my vintage sewing. On to the 1930s Capelet sew-a-long.
Special thanks to my friend, Brittaney, for helping me with photographing my pretty Minoru jacket.
Sobriety from electronic sewing machines since 2012